LAN access to websites

Hi all,

apologies if this question sounds stupid, but I’m a bit lost herein I’m having difficulties finding documentation.

I installed ‘local by flywheel’ on my Mac mini osX-server, and I tried to access the address from other (Mac-) computers on my LAN.

Although I added ‘’ to the private/etc/host file, it doesn’t work.

I know about the live publishing but since that hostname changes a lot, this is difficult for my software: I need to change that address in different places a few times a day.

So, the question: how do I make the hostnames resolvable on LAN?

thank you,


Hi there,

Even though the temporary ngrok domain is inconvenient, I’d still say it’s the best way to access LAN sites at the moment. is a possibility but it requires quite a lot of configuration due to port forwarding complexities.

We plan on adding permanent Live Tunnel domains in the future :grinning:

Wondering if there has there been any movement on this?

The 3 issues currently stopping me moving from Zend Server to LBF are:

  1. Restrictions with using temp ngrok domains (blocks CSS links on subsequent pages!)
  2. Difficulties caused by not running as a Windows Admin user - recognised as best practice for several yrs now - see:
  3. Probs with Firefox not accepting self-signed certificates - not using HTTPS is no longer an option.

Otherwise, it’s impressive and may eventually be very helpful to independent developers :slight_smile:


In order to test my website from tablet, smartphones, computers i need to access via my lan network.

I can’t reach my website from a machine from my local network using a dns configuration using address but nothing…
I can reach it only from the host where Local By Flywheel is running

This is a main drawback of your program… Which may make me take the decision not to use your program…

Thanks for your answer !

ps : sorry for my english !

I eventually found this tutorial that shows how to get the IP of the virtual machine instance (rather than the host machine) - thanks Megan!